by Daniel Warren Hill
Originally from Chicago, Rachel Levitin made her way to the Washington D.C. area in 2005. Although she wouldn’t release her first EP Nearly Broken until 2015 (which debuted at #1 on Amazon Music’s Adult Contemporary chart), Levitin would bathe in the warmth of the local music scene at venues like IOTA Club & Cafe and quickly find her footing as a powerful and authentic singer-songwriter throughout the region. This, along with her passion for the local scene has provided her with the ability to represent the region as speaker/performer at TEDxDupont Circle in 2012, as host of monthly open mics at Union Stage, Jammin’ Java, and Songbyrd Music House, and as a voice for 501c(3) nonprofit ProjectHERA.
Some of Levitin’s favorite performance credits include opening up for Dan Bern, Emerson Hart (of Tonic), the duo of Jennifer Hartswick (Trey Anastasio Band) + Nick Cassarino (The Nth Power), and Irish Rock Band The Coronas. In the time it would take to garner these impressive credits, Levitin released a number of singles, including “Save Myself,” released in 2018, which marked the start of a two year hiatus for the artist. Rather, it would mark the start of a one year hiatus (give or take) before the COVID-19 pandemic swept through the region, and Levitin would be inspired to pen her newest release, “Heavy.”
“HEAVY was written in April 2020. I was feeling the weight of the pandemic and stay-at-home orders early on and it was A LOT, as we all know. Life changed so drastically so quickly and songwriting has always helped me process feelings and distill emotions. This song is true to that. The song’s lyrics read, to me, like a diary entry. Those feelings of not being able to sleep, missing your friends and family, reminiscing on being out and about in the world doing things and celebrating in mass all while you have to stay at home is what this song is talking about. We’re all feeling the weight of COVID on a global level to some degree. I like to think this song can help to soothe us a little bit,” says Levitin.
The music video for “Heavy” was just released, and the song is available on all major platforms. Check it out below.
Daniel Warren Hill is an American musician, writer, and motivational speaker. He is best known as the frontman for Washington DC area Alternative Rock band YellowTieGuy, as co-founder of Capitol Groove Collective, and increasing the exposure of artists on a global scale through his work with Alchemical Records.
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